Lights, Camera, (Greenscreen), Action!
As we see an increase in online/distance learning (ODL), sector-wide as well as locally, we’re also seeing an increase in demand for ‘instructional design’ skills, including learning design, innovative e-learning material creation, and the ability to capture, edit & produce good quality video content.
Here in the TEL team, we recently purchased a collapsible chromakey green background to go with the equipment we already have (digital SLR, lighting etc.), with a view to developing our technique in capturing and producing video content, both for ourselves and for academic staff.
Our first trial project was to create a video to accompany Daniel’s poster presentation for MoodleMoot 2015, the poster (right) contains a QR Code that links viewers to the video of Daniel explaining the concept behind his poster, which can be viewed at any time, removing the need for Daniel to be at his poster the entire time. You can read more about Daniel’s poster presentation in his recent blog post ‘Moodle and the 3E Framework‘.
To capture the video we set up the greenscreen and lighting, and recorded using the digital SLR (and a backup Sony Handycam), MP3 recorder (for backup audio), and the Teleprompter Pro Lite app for iPad:
- Canon EOS 550D Digital SLR
- Lastolite 1.8mx2.75m Collapsible Background – Chromakey Green
- Dedolight KD3B Kit
- Teleprompter Pro Lite App
- Roland R-09HR High-Resolution WAVE/MP3 Recorder
- Camtasia Studio
We then edited the video, in the latest version of Camtasia Studio, to remove the background and add shots of the TEL Quality Framework:
We’re quite pleased with the end result, particularly for our first attempt! Our next step is to get some expert advice from our Film & TV Technicians in the Faculty of Arts in order to refine our approach. In the meantime, if any academic staff would like some help in recording video content for their programme or module then please just get in touch.